【绘本故事】《Milly Molly And Bushbob》护林员鲍勃大叔
Milly and Molly looked out across the hills from the upstairswindow. They could just see the smoke from BushBob's chimney.
"Come on," said Milly.
"Let's surprise him," suggested Molly.
Milly and Molly followed the track along the edge of the bush to BushBob's cottage. They left their footprints in the dewy grass behind them.
BushBob threw his arms up in delight. "You rascals," he said. "I think you smelt the bread, fresh from my oven."
BushBob had a beard the color of his jersey and a hat that never left his head.
He had a cow that gave him milk for his tea and cream for his porridge.
He had a hen that roosted on his bedhead and laid him an egg for his supper.
His sheep gave him wool for his jerseys and pebbles for his garden.
BushBob grew all his own vegetables and kept bees for his honey.
His orchard gave him apples and pears and peaches and plums.
"Come now," said BushBob, when Milly and Molly were full of fresh bread and honey."Let's sit in the sun and enoy the birds."
MIlly and Molly sat with BushBob on the old bench under the apple tree. They shut their eyes tight and listened.
"Just lovely," sighted BushBob. "if you listen very carefully, you will hear the Skylark singing her heart out over the hay paddock in the valley below."
Then BushBob was quiet for a very long time. Milly opened one eye and so did Molly.
"BushBob, are you there?"
"I am enjoying it all for one last time." he said.
Milly and Molly sat up straight with both eyes wide open. "Where are you going?"
BushBob explained. "Great Aunt Hattie has died and left me her apartment and a bank full of money.
Milly and Molly's eyes were like saucers. "I know," said BushBob gently. "I am getting old now and besides, you will be able to come and visit me."
Milly and Molly knew it wouldn't be the same and as they hugged BushBob and said their thank you's, they wondered if they would ever see him again.
"Goodbye BushBob," they called as they waved.
BushBob waved his hat until Milly and Molly were too small for his old eyes to see.
When Milly and Molly looked out across the hills, the sky was empty without the smoke from BushBob's chimney.
They could hear the Skylark but her song seemed a sad one.
BushBob settled into his new appartment.
There was a peg for his hat and a balcony with a view.
But there is no room for a garden or a tree with an apple.
There wasn't a hive or a fresh egg for supper. There was no sign of a cow or a sheep for his jerseys and when he shut his eyes tight, there wasn't a bird to be heard.
On his doorstep lived a tramp who had a parrot with a patter and a hat for danations.
"What do you say?" asked BushBob. "Give me your parrot and I will give you a bed and a peg for your hat."
Milly and Molly saw the smoke from BushBob's chimney. They heard the Skylark singing as though her heart would burst.
And when they reached his cottage on the edge of the bush.
BushBob threw his arms up in delight.
"You rascals," he said. "I think you smelt the bread, fresh from my oven."
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